Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To complain peevishly or whimperingly; whine.
  • intransitive v. To talk volubly and loudly.
  • transitive v. To utter or say in a complaining or clamorous tone.
  • n. The act of yammering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To complain peevishly.
  • v. To talk loudly and persistently.
  • v. To repeat on and on, usually loudly or in complaint.
  • v. To make an outcry; to clamor.
  • n. The act or noise of yammering.
  • n. A loud noise.
  • n. One who yammers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lament; wail; shriek; yell; cry aloud; whimper loudly; whine.
  • To yearn; desire.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cry loudly, as of animals
  • v. complain whiningly

Etymologies

Middle English yameren, to lament, probably from Middle Flemish jammeren, to be sorrowful.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from Middle Dutch jammeren cognate and reinforced by Middle English yeoumeren ("to mourn, complain"), from Old English geomrian ("to lament"), from ġeōmor ("sorrowful") possibly imitative in origin and akin to German Jammer. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The more McCain and what's-her-name yammer on about Bill Ayers and domestic terrorists or remind us that McCain was a POW, the more out of touch they appear.

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  • I'd also blabber about how awful Castro is if I wanted to get elected in Miami and yammer incessantly about the fantasy of clean coal if I was running in WV.

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  • Honest, listening to the former mayor yammer on about the president (always wrong) and the candidates for the Republican nomination (all great), it did feel like the next stop was Donald Trump and reality TV.

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  • The politicians who want to overturn the law can yammer on about the Constitution, but what they can't do is explain how taking away important protections and benefits is good for actual people.

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  • The funnest part will be listening to the GOPers yammer about how it's all because the Dems obstructed their grand plans (of which they really have none) that would have helped middle-class families (i.e., given corporate america a giant bj).

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  • For Him: The Watch What Happens: Live host had good chemistry with Ripa during a guest-hosting gig, he knows all about working with sassy women and can cut through the yammer to make his point under pressure.

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  • We're not perfect; we yammer with the best of them.

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  • The coyotes behind my house yammer like gossiping schoolgirls.

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  • A good first step is for women to ease up on the patriarchy yammer, especially when it comes to romance: Ideology has no place in the nation's bedrooms.

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  • And as for old Ahuna, she could make him get down on the floor and yammer and bite himself when she pulled the real mystery dope on him.

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